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My daughter is going to Europe on a short study-abroad program, but she'll be leaving the group at the end to visit with relatives on her own. I bought her Eurostar train ticket online yesterday, and made an account for myself for ease in tracking the reservation. They require first name and last name. No problem. They -require- title. Er, well, I prefer not bothering, but if forced... and then the choices for title are "Mr.", "Mrs.", "Miss", and "Dr." and that's it, those four.

I'm old enough to know that in past formal etiquette none of those choices would be correct. I'm not "Miss firstname lastname" because I'm married, but I'm not "Mrs. firstname lastname" because I'm not divorced. Formally, I'd be "Mrs. hisfirstname lastname" but you just know that would confuse them, too.

So I picked "Dr." which isn't true, but what the heck.


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Apr. 16th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I think lots of Americans (ones younger than we are) don't remember (or never knew) that formal usage for married women used to be "Mrs. your-spouse's-first-name your-spouse's-last-name."

Apr. 18th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I know, and it does sound odd now, doesn't it? So utterly from the past that it only seems appropriate to an engraved letterhead or calling card: "Mrs. Reginald Worthington."
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)

I always use Fr.
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! In this time and your place, isn't that setting yourself up for a hard time?

But if it had been offered and if my first name were more strictly feminine, I might have been tempted. "Fr. Catherine Smith"...

(after checking...) Oh, it's for "Frau" too! Ha! But I like my take on it better. :-)
Apr. 18th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)

I'll have to see what the correct term for Dudeist priest is . I knew I should have bought the Doctor of Dudevinity certification !
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